Review: Archenemies by Marissa Meyer


Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Title: Archenemies
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: Renegades #2
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Audience: Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Narrators: Dan Bittner, Rebecca Soler
Length: 15 hours (474 pages)
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends, Macmillan Audio
Release Date: November 6, 2018
Source: Library (Libby app)
Recommended for fans of: superheroes, comics
Content Warnings: violence


Time is running out. Together, they can save the world. But are they each other’s worst nightmare?

Nova’s double life is about to get a lot more complicated:

As Insomnia, she is a full-fledged member of the Renegades, a syndicate of powerful and beloved superheroes. She works with Adrian’s patrol unit to protect the weak and maintain order in Gatlon City.

As Nightmare, she is an Anarchist—a group of villains who are determined to destroy the Renegades. Nova wants vengeance against the so-called heroes who once failed her when she needed them the most.

But as Nova, her feelings for Adrian are deepening, despite the fact that he is the son of her sworn enemies and, unbeknownst to Nova, he has some dangerous secrets of his own.

In this second installment of the Renegades trilogy, Nova, Adrian, and the rest of their crew—Ruby, Oscar, and Danna—are faced with escalating crime in Gatlon City, while covert weapons and conflicting missions have Nova and Adrian questioning not only their beliefs about justice but also the feelings they have for each other.

The line between good and evil has been blurred, but what’s clear to them both is that too much power could mean the end of their City—and the world—as they know it.


A lot of reviewers criticize this book for “second book syndrome,” but I disagree. Maybe it’s because I listened to the audiobook, but I think this book did a great job of expanding on the events of book 1 and setting up an epic conclusion for book 3.

This book did not have as much action throughout as Renegades, BUT it excelled in character development and expansion of prodigy lore and Renegades history. The blossoming romance between Nova and Adrian was SO SWEET. I thrived on Nova’s inner conflict as she struggled to reconcile her villainous goals and hatred of the Renegades with her feelings for Adrian and friendships with actual Renegade members.

The ending of this book was so exciting, and the slow build definitely paid off. The fallout of this book’s ending opens up a lot of interesting possibilities for an epic conclusion to the series in book 3.

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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